Sunday, April 20, 2014

Trigger Pull on GP-100s

Found my Lyman electronic trigger pull gauge! On the out-of-the-box GP-100 Match Champion, the double action trigger is 7 pounds 1 ounces. The SA pull is 4 pounds 1 ounce. The Lyman gauge is kinda futzy and sensitive to how its held, and I did my best to eliminate the human error. By way of comparison, my custom GP-100 from Cylinder and Slide runs about 5 pounds, maybe an ounce or two more on the DA pull. The Match Champion has no grit and is very smooth...the C&S gun is...perfect.

The Match Champion has been both dry-fired and shot (all DA) A LOT, and the trigger pull has gotten better and better. The C&S gun is just back from the shop and doesn't have a round through it. I would anticipate the DA trigger pull "settling" in the mid-high 4 lb range by the time I get it to the IRCs.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Patriots' Day...

...if it doesn't ring a bell, look it up! Two hundred thirty nine years ago today the embattled farmers stood and fired the shots heard 'round the world. Today is also the anniversary of the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Two shining beacons of freedom in a world growing steadily darker.

I spent today at a cowboy match. I shot pretty well, but slower than I'd like. Didn't miss any shots and was extremely consistent, but couldn't quite find overdrive. I was very pleased with my shotgun, however. I focus on "firing on reset," pulling the trigger for the second barrel on the Browning BSS as soon as the trigger resets. I don't think about moving the gun to the next target; rather, I just cut my eyes toward the second target and the gun does the rest. My speed has improved hugely, and I rarely miss a shotgun target anymore. Thank you, "Non Stop!"

Just picked up my GP-100 competition revolver completely overhauled by Cylinder & Slide...WOW! What an absolutely amazing job! I think I'm going to do a full feature on this revolver for DRTV. I'll get some pictures up on the blog tomorrow!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoof-beats in the Darkness!

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
 To every Middlesex village and farm,
— A cry of defiance and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Paul Revere's Ride"

Two-hundred and thirty nine years ago tonight an express rider named Paul Revere raced to Lexington, MA, to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that British "Redcoats" were on the way to arrest them. Along the way, he "alarmed" the countryside, stopping at each house with the warning. Upon arriving at the house Adams and Hancock were using, a sentry warned him not to make so much noise.

"Noise?" said Revere. "You'll have noise enough before long. The regulars are coming out!"

These are the stories of America that we once all learned and honored. I still feel a shiver when I read Longfellow. The stories are no longer taught, although through groups like Appleseed they are passed along through an oral tradition as old as time.

I greatly fear we have have once again arrived on the eve of April 19, 1775. I hope I'm wrong, but tonight, when you close your eyes, listen for hoof-beats.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wow! Where did the week go???

First up, for all you NRA'ers...

Yes, The Same Poor Bastard Is Buying The Beer!
Cosponsored by IDPA!!!
Meet Joyce Wilson!!! Be in AWE!
6:30-8:30 PM
Saturday, 26 April
The Slippery Noodle Inn
Indiana's Oldest Bar!
372 S. Meridian
Downtown Indianapolis
NOTE: The room only accommodates 100 people! Best I could do! Also, if you come AFTER 7PM, you MUST pay a $5 cover charge. If you can't afford this, have some one get me, Marshal,  or Marshal'ette, and we'll come make fun of you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Appleseed Event at NRA!

The Face-off

On one side of the ring, 5 million NRA members, people who give their hard-earned money to an organization dedicated to protecting their rights.

On the other side, one nasty little fascist with a lot of money and his purchased woman mouthpiece (I'm not sure I'm remembering this correctly, but don't we have a word for that type person?).

Imagine if the Koch Brother decided they were going to dedicate their millions on some lame conservative social cause most Americans reject out of you think that the pathetic "newspaper of record" would be giving them the big ole wet kiss? Or would they be saying the same thing I am about Bloomberg's new hobby:

There is something profoundly un-American in one many with money trying to figure out ways to turn the rest of us into felons. Here's what it really is, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


 noun \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\

: a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This Is So Friggin' Cool!

Figuring out the value of pi using only a pump-action Mossberg and a sheet of aluminum foil. From the Physics arXiv blog
Imagine the following scenario. The end of civilisation has occurred, zombies have taken over the Earth and all access to modern technology has ended. The few survivors suddenly need to know the value of π and, being a mathematician, they turn to you. What do you do? 
If ever you find yourself in this situation, you’ll be glad of the work of Vincent Dumoulin and Félix Thouin at the Université de Montréal in Canada. These guys have worked out how to calculate an approximate value of π using the distribution of pellets from a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun, which they assume would be widely available in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
Read the whole thing, and be ready! (Hat tip to GunFreeZone)

Happy Ides of April!

If you put on your thinking caps, you'll know what I was doing yesterday...pretty much the same thing everybody else in the country was doing, and, yes, ti ducked (I was going to edit this to, "it sucked," but I kinda like it the way it is...)! Perfect miserable, snowy, freezing cold day for it, too. The damned winter will never end.

Couple of relatively interesting datapoints on the AR front. There's Ares Defense's "featureless" AR, a conventionally styled rifle on the AR platform designed to be legal in all 50 states designed to use AR uppers on their proprietary lower/bolt carrier (via

And we mean all AR-15 upper receivers. This is not a bufferless .22 rifle. The SCR will be manufactured in 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington and 7.62x39mm and is compatible with standar AR-15 uppers. 
The SCR uses a modified bolt carrier with an extension that drops into a recoil tube inside the stock, similar to some semi-auto shotguns. The bolt carrier is proprietary but the bolt itself is standard. We will know more about the rifle when it is officially unveiled at the NRA Annual Meeting.

This is a gun I'm looking forward to seeing (and videoing) at NRA. Ares Defense has always been good on technological solutions (their belt-fed AR just so rocks!), so I have high hopes for the gun. I love it when someone sticks a thumb in the eye of brainless state legislatures.

There's a second thumb (via The Firearm Blog) that Troy Industries displayed at SHOT, an AR platform pump action rifle, called — duh! — the PAR. The upper, where the pump system resides, and the lower are proprietary, but it does use AR magazines.

Pump action ARs have been around for a while. I know DPMS made, or at least cataloged, one, and I handled a prototype from a different manufacturer back when the Clinton Ban was still in effect. It's not a bad idea for non-permissive/restricted states, although a better idea is for us to have long-term strategies to retake those states and return them to America.

Speaking of non-permissive environments projects, MPI Stocks tells me the lightweight fiberglass stock for the Browning BLR is almost competed. That should take close to a pound and a half off the gun.

CNN Money has noted what all of us already know...the black rifle bubble is ancient history:
Many rifle manufacturers ramped up production last year in response to the sales spike, said Rommel Dionisio, industry analyst for Wedbush Securities. But demand has since stagnated, he said, and there's now a glut of gun inventory.
SOOOOOOOOOOOO, an excellent time to buy an AR!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Planned "Waco 2 The Sequel" Placed On Hiatus

"Don’t expect the enemy to cooperate in the creation of your dream engagement." 
Rule 47 

Sigh...what could be worse than — FINALLY! —donning full battle rattle, firing up the APCs, putting real bullets in the machine gun magazines, slapping butt and getting all weepy over that endangered, embattled symbol of America, the Desert Tortoise, reveling in the dream of being the very first American Stoßtrupp to to put hot lead downrange in support of the New American Order, and — DARN IT! — before you can turn those First Amendment Zone-be-damned Tea Bagger pussies, political dinosaur ranchers, recidivist cowboys, BS militia poseurs and pathetic Bushie Constitution supporters into mass piles of cooling meat, you get the STAND DOWN!

Rare actual image of endangered Desert Tortoise

And not just your regular "Stand down," but the, "Turn your butts around and run don't walk back to the bases stand down!" And when you get back to the bases you discover to your horror that instead of doing the Will Of The Lightbringer to pluck the plucky Jurassic reptile from the The Big Sleep, it turns out you were apparently sent out to rain death on your  fellow citizen and not a few scrawny cows in support of another under-the-table "green energy" behind-the-Beltway land deal with...wait for it...wait for it...those rollicking Red Chinese and that poster boy for Washington sleaze, Harry Reid!  Cue the Benny Hill theme music!

In the midst of this Clown Show, I have a serious there anyone out there who doubts for one single second that, given the green light, the Feds would have pulled the trigger? On their fellow American citizens? Over a perceived spat between cows and turtles?

Think about that.